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What is the biggest shrimp?

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As of September 2014, the biggest shrimp ever caught was 18 inches long. It was caught in Florida waters near Fort Pierce by a fisherman named Steve Bargeron. Scientists identified the shrimp species as a mantis shrimp, which has bulging eyes that can move independently and can detect polarized light.

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The supergiant shrimp is a pink shrimp-like creature that is 11 inches long. In, it was caught in the Kermadec Trench, off the northern coast of New Zealand at a depth of 4.35 miles. Marine scientists refer to it as an amphipod, which are creatures commonly seen in deep-sea trenches.

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